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iPhone Apps: What Makes Apple Say No? Recent app rejections, including Google Voice, have developers—and the FCC—asking Apple to clarify its criteria

Date: July 31, 2009
Author: Joel Schectman
QUOTE: Other programs are rejected because they duplicate (or potentially compete with) Apple's iPhone software. On July 31 the Federal Communications Commission sent a letter to Apple questioning its rejection of Google Voice, a telephony application. Many analysts believe the service was blocked because it could have snatched revenue from Apple's exclusive wireless service provider, AT&T (T), by providing cheap call rates over Google's (GOOG) lines. AT&T denies any involvement in the move. Among the FCC's questions: Why was Google Voice rejected? What are the standards for acceptance and rejection?

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